Health- regarding TB

<p>If the skin test is positive, however the chest ray is negavtive, what is the university's policy for such case?</p>

<p>Why not ask the Student Health and Wellness Center directly?</p>

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<p>if that is the case, nothing is wrong and i can't see how you should be afraid at all. I have the same condition and the same hospital that tested me allowed me to 1. volunteer and 2. allowed me to observe surgery.</p>

<p>really, having a positive test is nothing. I read a paper about TB and the virus is really dormant. from what I know, TB will only become active if you ever have any major health problems (biggest i can think of is AIDS which also explains why a major death reason for AIDS patient is TB).</p>

<p>So if any university has a policy against your case, it would be absolutely unreasonable.</p>

oh btw, did the doctor happen to give you a handout after you were tested positive? if you happen to have it, you should really read it :)</p>

<p>I don't know anything about university policy, but in general, I think a negative chest x-ray is considered the same as a negative skin test. At least at one of the hospitals I've worked/volunteered in (not in Baltimore), they would accept proof of a negative skin test or negative chest x-ray for their health clearance process.</p>

<p>That said, ask Health and Wellness if you want to know about Hopkins' policy</p>

<p>However national recommendations from the American Thoracic Society and the Infectious Diseases Society would be for you to receive 9 months of INH therapy. This is not because you are infectious but to wipe out any dormant TB bacteria in your body and prevent re-activation of TB at some future time.</p>